When the time came to record his first "solo" album, honky-tonk singer/songwriter John Howie Jr.
(Two Dollar Pistols, Rosewood Bluff) decided that the set of songs he had at hand, a set that documented the dissolution of a relationship, was just too personal to release under any banner other than his own name. That set of songs became Not Tonight, the album No Depression called “a modern country classic.” Recorded over a series of sessions starting in Spring of 2015 with esteemed Southern Culture On The Skids frontman Rick Miller behind the board at his Kudzu Ranch studio, John Howie Jr.’s debut under his own name is a somber, haunting and emotionally-fraught affair that is the most deeply personal album he’s yet made. Not Tonight - which features appearances by members of Two Dollar Pistols, Rosewood Bluff and Sarah Shook and the Disarmers, for whom Howie drummed for 3 1/2 years - documents a grappling with loss and loss of control that has Howie searching for any light at the end of the tunnel. "It ends on a relatively high note," Howie says, "but it's a mighty rough road gettin' there.”